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Announcing the next installment in our Members only Genealogy Webinar Series

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Date: Tuesday March 4, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Speaker: Lisa Alzo

Storyboard Your Family History with Scrivener
Scrivener is a combination word processor and project management tool that’s affordable and simple to use. Learn how to set up your writing projects, how to use Scrivener‘s virtual “corkboard” to storyboard-visually plot out the story you want to tell, how to store notes, citations, images, and research materials, compile your finished draft for printing or exporting for final formatting, manage multiple projects, and much more!

Lisa Alzo has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. An avid genealogist for 22 years, Lisa teaches for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She is the recipient of the 2002 Mary Zirin Prize given by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies to recognize the achievements of independent scholars. Lisa lives in Ithaca, New York.

OGS Webinars are offered using Adobe Connect software and all members are invited to attend for free. Access to the webinar is available from the OGS Members Only area.

The virtual room will be open 20 minutes before the webinar is scheduled to start.

FYI: OGS Genealogy Webinar for January 2014 Announced

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

All OGS members are invited to attend the next lecture in our Monthly Genealogy Webinar Series: Problem Solving With Timelines, with Speaker Beth Foulk

Date: Saturday Jan. 4th, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online via Members Only

Problem Solving with Timelines
When you create a personal timeline on an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. Learn how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.

Beth Foulk is a Professional Genealogist based in Missouri, U.S.A. She discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. She shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her website:http://www.genealogydecoded.com/index.html, and one-on-one assistance. Beth has been teaching at the Midwest Genealogy Center since June 2008 and gave her first Webinar in September 2013.

All OGS members will have access to this Webinar through a link in the Members Only area. If you wish to receive a reminder about this Webinar, please contact the Provincial Office:provoffice@ogs.on.ca 

*Please note that OGS Provincial Office will be closed from Tuesday, December 24 through to Wednesday, January 1, 2014. 

Announcing Our Next Member’s Only Webinar: Mapping Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

The next OGS Genealogy Webinar will be held on Thursday Dec. 5th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. with Speaker Kathryn Hogan.

Imagine walking a mile in your ancestors’ footsteps. Maps can help you do that. Discover why maps are important to family historians, explore different types of maps, and learn how to use maps in your family history, including Google Maps and Google Earth.

Kathryn Hogan, P.L.C.G.S is a graduate of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has been helping others find their ancestors since 2007 when she opened her business Looking 4 Ancestors. She has spoken at Conferences and meetings in Canada and the United States covering family history topics that are useful to genealogists the world over. She is currently the OGS Webinar Coordinator.

This Webinar is available to all OGS members and will be hosted via Adobe Connect webcasting software. To sign up for this Webinar and receive connection information, please contact Brenda at Provincial Office provoffice@ogs.on.ca. Adobe Connect has a 100 attendee capacity so be sure to connect 20 minutes before the Webinar is scheduled to begin in order to secure your spot.

OGS Members invited to November Webinar with Thomas MacEntee

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Our October Webinar was a great success and all OGS Members have received an email invitation to attend our next Webinar.

Title: You Use WHAT for Genealogy? Wonderful Uses for Unusual Tools

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST

We’ll review a group of familiar apps and websites that are being used in creative ways by the genealogy community. You’ll also learn how to think outside the margins and start re-purposing other apps and sites for your genealogy research.

Mr. MacEntee is offering this Webinar using his own online system: Go To Webinar. If you wish to sign up for this Webinar, you may do so using the link provided on the invitation. If you are a OGS Member, but did not receive the invitation, please contact Provincial Office and confirm your membership to receive a copy of the invitation.

Join OGS: Network with Other Genealogists

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

It’s Membership month here at the Ontario Genealogical Society. If you’re a current member, you have received or will soon receive your OGS membership renewal form with your November issue of Families. If you’re not a current member, now is the best time to join us to ensure you get a full year’s worth of OGS membership benefits.

So, why join OGS?

Genealogy may seem like a solitary activity that is done sitting in front of a computer or in a dark corner of the library. This is far from true. Some of the greatest genealogical discoveries are made by chatting with other genealogists.

There is no better way to join a community of genealogists than by joining the Ontario Genealogical Society community. You can network at branch meetings, at Conference and through our Members Message board in the Members Only section. Newsletters keep you up to date on what’s happening in Ontario genealogy these days

Join OGS: Expand Your Family

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

It’s Membership month here at the Ontario Genealogical Society. If you’re a current member, you have received or will soon receive your OGS membership renewal form with your November issue of Families. If you’re not a current member, now is the best time to join us to ensure you get a full year’s worth of OGS membership benefits.

So…Why Join OGS?

Most of us have more relatives than we think we have and doing your genealogy is a great way to find them. Many genealogists soon discover long lost cousins or complete branches of their family that they had no idea even existed. These discoveries can lead to new friendships and family reunions.

OGS offers you the opportunity to find these people and make those connections. Our branch meetings (find out more on our facebook page ) as well as online communities such as our member message board allows you to share your work and findings with other genealogists.

You may find yourself talking to family members you didn’t know you had.

On Our Website: Wall of Ancestors

Monday, October 18th, 2010
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There are several resources full of Ontario genealogical information available on our website through our Members Only section. Become a member to take advantage of these resources.

One of these resources is the

Wall of Ancestors

During Conference 2009, held in Oakville from the 29 to the 31 of May, 2009 and hosted by Halton-Peel Branch OGS, a Wall of Ancestors display was set up and maintained by volunteers from Hamilton Branch OGS.

Conference attendees could post a small notice requesting information about people to help them with their genealogical research. During the conference, many people visited this display and made notes of those who could possible help them with their research.

There were more than 800 cards posted during the conference with more than 960 entries.

Now, you can search this valuable database of information. These postings provide a great resource for people searching for information about their ancestors. You may find others who are looking for people who are in your own research files. Maybe you will discover a long-lost cousin and the two of you can blend your information to make a more complete story of your families.

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On Our Website: IOOF Insurance Database

Monday, October 4th, 2010
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There are several databases full of Ontario genealogical information available on our website through our Members Only section. Become a member to take advantage of these resources.

One of these databases is the

 IOOF Insurance Papers Database

Between 1875 and 1929, the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) operated a life insurance program. Approximately 60,000 men from all across Canada applied. The program was eventually operated by Empire Life, who held all the application forms. A few years ago Empire Life gave these application forms to the OGS. We have spent nearly four years indexing these forms.

As a member of the Ontario Genealogical Society you can search the index to these forms. It contains: an applicant’s last and first names, his date of birth, the community he was living in when he applied, the province, the policy number, and the policy date.

Once you have found a name you are interested in, you can apply to us for the application form itself.

The actual application form contains a great deal more information about the applicant including health information, marital status, occupation, beneficiary of the policy, number of siblings, and a health status of siblings, parents, and grandparents. It also includes the signature of the applicant and may include interesting attachments.

We can (for a modest fee) send you a copy of any application form that is more than 100 years old.

This information could be very useful to someone researching their family history.

Please note: The presence of medical information in the application forms and the associated privacy concerns with regards to medical information mean that we cannot make available any forms that were created less than 100 years ago. These forms will become available as the 100 year mark is passed.

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On Our Website: Strays Database

Monday, September 13th, 2010
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There are several databases full of Ontario genealogical information available on our website through our Members Only section. Become a member to take advantage of these resources.

One of these databases is the

Strays Index

A “stray” is someone who had significant life events in more than one place, such that it is not easy to tie them all together. For example, a person may be born and married in Ontario but died in Alberta. To a genealogist working on the Ontario family, this person just disappears, with, at best, a family story that he “went west”. This is a common genealogical brick wall.

The Strays Index breaks down that brick wall. As an OGS member you have access to  the searchable index and can make use of the information found there to overcome your own genealogical brick walls.

The strays project is worldwide, with information being sent to and from other genealogical societies. The information is gathered by volunteers who during their research keep an eye out for people “from away”. The researcher fills out a strays form and sends it in. The system works because genealogists are willing to gather the information.

We have tens of thousands of strays. Some have been transcribed and are now online. The rest will go up as quickly as they can be transcribed, so remember to check the Index often.

If you are interested in contributing to this project, you can get paper reporting forms or a simple Excel spreadsheet to fill in, by e-mailing strays@ogs.on.ca.

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On Our Website: Memorial Database

Monday, July 19th, 2010
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There are several databases full of Ontario genealogical information available on our website through our Members Only section. Become a member to take advantage of these resources.

 One of these databases is the

Memorial Database


This is a project designed to honour those who have served our county in time of war or as Police or Firefighters and provide OGS members with a genealogical resource.

Through the dedicated work of individuals, Branches and Legion members, we have indexed  names found on Memorials throughout Ontario and this information can be found in this database. Included is the inscription found on the memorial, a picture where available, the location of the Memorial and any additional information found related to the names on the Memorial.

These memorials were found in a number of locations: Churches, Schools, work sites, and cenotaphs in many of the small towns through out Ontario.

If you wish to add to this project forward the information to the OGS. Include a digital image of the Memorial, its location, any other relevant information and images of the names.

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